Gary has been associated with Sterling as a Partner or operating executive since 1986. At the start of his career, Gary practiced law as a Partner at Vinson & Elkins. However, he wanted to get involved in day to day business decision making. His first operating role was as a member of the senior management team at Cain Chemical, the 1987 Sterling investment comprised of 7 world scale ethylene and derivative plants carved-out from 5 sellers in multiple closings. The resulting entity was effectively built from the ground up and provided a unique opportunity for operational improvements and revenue growth. Gary was a driving force in the Cain Chemical’s dramatic transformation and subsequent highly profitable sale. Gary then joined Sterling as a Partner before returning to numerous operating roles including as Executive Chairman of HydroChem and Chief Executive Officer of AXIA, both prior Sterling investments, as well as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of publicly held Wheatley TXT Corp. Gary rejoined Sterling in 2005 and has brought his many years of management experience to building portfolio businesses at Sterling. Gary is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Law School and was the Charles Henry Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Portfolio Companies: Highline Aftermarket, Safe Fleet, CST Industries, Stackpole International, BTEC Turbines and Hudson Products, with roles in management at HydroChem, AXIA, and Cain Chemical